Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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Save the Children,

The Nine Basic Requirements for Meaningful and Ethical Child Participation is a key tool for ensuring quality child participation in any initiative with children.

Marcela Rueda Gomez - Elevate Children Funders Group,

This report maps current practice in philanthropic support for child- and youth-led work at the community level and offers strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities to achieve greater impact.

Lisa Stafford, Jo-anne Harkin, Annie Rolfe, Judith Burton, Christine Morley - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This article presents children’s own meanings and experiences of having a voice, derived from a research collaboration between UnitingCare and Queensland University of Technology.

Asgeir Falch‐Eriksen, Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi, Rafaela Lehtme - Child & Family Social Work,

This paper examines the academic discourse in child protection research concerning how Article 12 of the CRC is implemented and how it is manifested in child protection service (CPS) casework practices.

Karmen Toros - Research on Social Work Practice,

This article explores child welfare workers’ experiences of children’s participation in decision making in the child protection system.

Lynne McPherson, Meaghan Vosz, Kathomi Gatwiri, Natalie Parmenter, Noel Macnamara, Janise Mitchell, Joe Tucci - Children and Youth Services Review,

This article reports on a systematic scoping review which investigated research publications on participation in making life-impacting decisions by young people.

Victor Hsiao, Sunya Chen, Mellissa Withers - Journal of Health and Caring Sciences,

Thirteen youth from a group home in Taiwan for teenage boys in the foster care and juvenile justice systems participated in this yearlong study which utilized a strengths-based approach to examine resiliency, their needs, and sources of support. This article describes nine key lessons learned to keep at-risk youth at the center of future similar research studies through protecting, representing, and empowering them.

MarieHatlelid Føleide - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study consists of interviews with 22 children’s spokespersons in Norway. Study findings question whether children in care proceedings understand the invitation to voice their wishes as confined to matters relating to the proceedings.

Angela E. Hoffman-Cooper - Children and Youth Services Review,

This paper discusses how research related to youth with experience in foster care can be conducted in an emancipatory manner with researchers actively supporting the liberation of youth with experience in foster care through their scholarly contributions.


This webinar was part of Eurochild’s breakfast webinars to mark World Children’s Day 2020. This webinar looked at the intersection between children’s rights and democracy.